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Johns Hopkins graduate programs again ranked among the nation's best

Public health, nursing, medicine, biomedical engineering maintain top positions and education, engineering programs move up in annual 'U.S. News' rankings of the Best Graduate Schools

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Image caption: The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine is ranked No. 2 among research-oriented medical schools by U.S. News and among the top five in seven specialty areas.

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Johns Hopkins University graduate programs in public health, nursing, medicine, education, and engineering are once again among the country's very best, according to the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings of the nation's Best Graduate Schools.

The master's and doctoral programs at the university's Bloomberg School of Public Health landed again in the No. 1 spot. The Bloomberg School has held the top spot every year since the magazine began ranking schools of public health 25 years ago (new public health rankings are released every four years).

The School of Nursing master's degree programs remained in the top position while the School of Medicine maintained second place among research-oriented medical schools. Its internal medicine, surgery, radiology, and anesthesiology programs were all also ranked No. 1.

The School of Education jumped 10 positions into a tie for seventh while the Whiting School of Engineering moved up for the fifth consecutive year into a tie for 17th. Other disciplines, such as the sciences, humanities, and social sciences, were not newly ranked this year. U.S. News will continue to use rankings from earlier years in those fields until they are ranked again.

The U.S. News Best Graduate Schools rankings, released today, are based on a number of indicators, including an institution's global and national reputation, publications and citations, research statistics, admitted student information, and other factors.


In addition to the School of Nursing's top-ranked master's program—which had ranked first last year after a second-place listing in 2017—the school's Doctor of Nursing Practice program was also ranked No. 1 this year. The school's programs in several nursing specialties made the U.S. News top five:

  • No. 2 in Nursing Administration
  • No. 3 in Nurse Practitioner: Adult / Gerontology, Acute Care (tie)
  • No. 5 in Nurse Practitioner: Adult / Gerontology, Primary Care (tie)
  • No. 5 in Nurse Practitioner: Family
  • No. 5 in Nurse Practitioner: Pediatric, Primary Care (tie)
  • No. 5 in Nurse Practitioner: Psychiatric / Mental Health, Across the Lifespan (tie)

"Having three No. 1 rankings in our master's, DNP, and online programs speaks volumes to our leadership, faculty, and students across the board and our commitment to excellence in all areas of nursing education, research, and practice," said Patricia Davidson, dean of the School of Nursing. "This is a significant recognition of the work that we do to define the future of nursing and advocate for exceptional education, patient health, and the upward movement of the profession.

"I am proud of the faculty, students, and staff who are the true force behind the rankings. It has been a successful year, and we look forward to remaining a strong and active contributor to nursing's impact locally and globally."


The university's School of Medicine earned second place among research-oriented medical schools, the same spot it held in 2018. In specialty areas, Johns Hopkins is ranked in:

  • No. 1 in Anesthesiology
  • No. 1 in Internal Medicine
  • No. 2 in Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • No. 4 in Pediatrics
  • No. 2 in Psychiatry
  • No. 1 in Radiology (tie)
  • No. 1 in Surgery

"We are very proud of this recognition," said Paul B. Rothman, dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine. "Since our beginnings more than a century ago, the faculty and staff at Johns Hopkins have worked very hard to offer the best possible training to the next generation of physicians and physician-scientists. The true joy of our endeavor, though, comes from seeing the patients that our students go on to treat and the discoveries they go on to make."

Public Health

The Bloomberg School of Public Health, the nation's oldest and largest school of public health, has held the No. 1 spot since 1994. This year's rankings include more than 60 public health schools and more than 100 programs accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.

"We are honored by this ranking. Our school's strength comes from our faculty, students, staff, alumni, and friends who work every day with deep dedication and fierce urgency to save lives and improve health worldwide," said Bloomberg School Dean Ellen J. MacKenzie. "We will continue to work deliberately and passionately to ensure that the value of the public health approach to solving today's health challenges is both understood and practiced for the greatest impact."


The biomedical engineering graduate program maintained its longtime top spot in the rankings. Other ranked specialties in engineering included:

  • Chemical engineering (20th)
  • Civil engineering (tied for 26th)
  • Computer engineering (tied for 28th)
  • Electrical, electronic and communications engineering (tied for 19th)
  • Materials engineering (tied for 16th)
  • Mechanical engineering (tied for 14th)

Environmental engineering and environmental health engineering ranked tied for 26th. Those programs are part of the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering, a joint program of the Whiting School and the Bloomberg School.


In addition to its move up from No. 17 to No. 7 overall, the School of Education was also ranked in two specialty areas: Education Policy (19th) and Curriculum (23rd).

Since it was established as a standalone division in 2007, the school has been recognized by a top 20 graduate school of education every year by U.S. News & World Report; in nine of those years, the school has been ranked in the top 10.

"While no single number can do full justice to your outstanding contributions and ongoing commitment," Dean Christopher Morphew wrote in a message to the School of Education community, "it is gratifying nonetheless that the publication's editors, as well as many of our colleagues and peers across the country, have again recognized our research and programs as among the nation's best."

Other rankings

The university ranked 53rd for public affairs, tied with six universities. Ranked specialties in this program included health policy and management, tied for third; and international/global policy, ninth.